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comtech5
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How do I set Thunderbird as default email client?

I am using a Canon scanner with Canon's CapturePerfect software. CapturePerfect always sends the scan to OutLook. I went to the Windows set defaults menu and Thunderbird portable is not on the list, so I can't select it. There's no option to add programs. The thumb drive is inserted and operating, but Windows doesn't recognize the portable apps on it's default list. Can anyone advise? Vista OS.

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Officially not supported

I believe the current official response is that you can't or you shouldn't as this is not supported. However, you could try using a program like Expresso to solve your issue.

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One way to do this

In Thunderbird Options, in the Advanced tab, set to set to see if Thunderbird is the default email client on startup. Click Check Now and set to default. And after this, on this machine, as long as it doesn't get changed back to Outlook or your flash drives drive letter gets changed, your default email client will be Thunderbird on your USB drive. It might work.

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I don't think so

No it won't because thunderbird.exe will be run, and not thunderbirdportable.exe, so when you open it, it will create a new profile on hard drive somewhere and you would have seemingly lost all your mail. Thunderbird will not be running portably at this time.

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Yeah, you´re right. I justy

Yeah, you´re right. I just tried it, and it DID open a Thunderbird write window, but it prompted for all the user information. Ooops.

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Best bet is to install Thunderbird locally on that machine...

I would think that since you have your scanner on that machine, it's your computer, right? You can use the profile manager to use your Portable TB profile folder, you just have to make sure that your flash drive always is assigned the same drive letter so the installed TB can read your portable TB profile.

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Windows created two profile folders - that might be the answer

Hello,
sorry for jumping in here but I was just browsing this topic and - wow - might have found the answer to my post I was about to write after reading.

I have by accident just realised, that both Portable Thunderbird and Firefox have created a folder in

%System%-DandS-%User%-%ApplicationData%

I have uploaded a screenshot in which you can see the content of this C-drive folder and the content of the portable profile-folder.

http://i46.tinypic.com/1z3w5qg.jpg

I might have to mention that I am using PAs as permanent local "install" on a desktop and - following this thread maybe this is the cause of this behaviour - have defined both TB as well as FX as system software standards in Win-System-Software so that I get them as generic icons in the top of the Windows-Start menue.

Is my start menue firing up TB.exe instead of TBpa.exe? Just as extra information: I used the option "make TB to default emailer" within TB, maybe TB gave it´s generic path to TB.exe to Windoze since it doesn´t know of the TBpa.exe

Thanks in advance for your hints

Peter

XP Pro SP3 on Thinkpad/Thinkcenter

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Try this...

In FreeCommander (or Windows Explorer) if you locate the ThunderbirdPortable (or FirefoxPortable) folders, then right click on thunderbirdbirdportable.exe there will be an option to "Pin to the Start menu". This isn't quite the same thing as make it your default program, but it's a start.

I think you'll need a program like Expresso to do that.

Peter22
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how to get rid of the system created entries?

Hi Darkbee,

Thanks for the hint, that will do indeed, so it´s conveniently accessible. For the rest Expresso could be an idea, but for my purposes I think the normal options will do: firefox has the possibility to link mailto-links to a specific file (in this case TBport.exe), for the context menue I use a batch file anyway which I can direct to the portable .exe (coz I don´t like windows´mime file that always puts that stuff into the opening email "this attachment can now be sent...blabla")

Now, how do I get rid of the wrong entries in Document and Settings? Just delete them?
[update: yep, have just deleted them, no harm]

Thanks
Peter

XP Pro SP3 on Thinkpad/Thinkcenter

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